Kanade delays her hopes for a game with Chihaya. New guy, Desk-kun, shows up but Kanade is still by and far the best. Desk-kun steps up for Taichi? Taichi finally wins a game… of concentration and orders his Master Robe. Just one more guy to complete the circle and I am hoping that he’ll be a better guy than Desk-kun.
First guy on deck is the guy who clearly wants to be at the bottom of both Taichi and the Club Rankings. Such is my loathing for this kid that he will have no name but Desk-kun as befits his miserable status that he has chosen for himself. There are those who get bullied and ignored and then there are those who simply refuse to save themselves or grab control of their own destiny. It is unfortunate that Desk-kun gets used and abused, but he did not have to hand over his notes especially when it becomes clear that the people you hand it to aren’t paying you or are a real friend in need. Desk-kun sould have told them all to fuck off and then pack his bags and demand a move to some other country where intelligence and diligence are rewarded. It is a FACT that this school in particular is LOADED with idiots who at best will be parasite singles, after all if they aren’t studying hard and respecting Chihaya person then who FUCK CARES WHAT THEY THINK?! WHO WOULD WANT THEM AS A FRIEND?! I SURE AS HELL WOULDN’T, HELL FUCK THEM THEY CAN JUMP INTO AN ONCOMING TRAIN FOR ALL I CARE! THEY ALL WON’T AMOUNT TO ANYTHING! Since they don’t seem to care about studying THEY SHOULD FUCKING DROP OUT AND STOP WASTING THEIR PARENT’S MONEY! Desk-kun might be brighter than most but even he is still too dumb to recognize that he doesn’t answer to them and that he needs to march to the beat of his own drum to be something. WHY THE FUCK is he patting himself on the back for upping the class average, GET YOURS FUCK THEM. This class ain’t no team, and if Desk-kun had a shred of sense he’d know that and would leave them all to wallow in stupidity and academic failure.
Sadly Desk-kun has about much spine as an earthworm, probably even less, and when Chihaya extends out the hand of friendship he bats it away like an ingrate. What the FUCK was his deal? Really now, NO ONE wants to be his friend, any remark about his intelligence is a back handed comment and yet here is Chihaya willing to talk to him about playing a game when everyone else was simply asking to copy his notes. This is why Desk-kun has been fucking ronrey for his whole fucking life, he can’t recognize a friend even when she is lifting his ass up and taking his ass DESK AND ALL to the HOUSE. Once there all Desk-kun can do is berate a game HE KNOWS NOTHING ABOUT. You know why people who complain about having no fun have no fun? IT IS BECAUSE THEY DON’T FUCKING TRY ANYTHING NEW! Still good for Chihaya for stepping up and playing a lousy game of concentration in a losing effort to get Desk-kun see the light. Sadly the gesture was wasted on the swine that is Desk-kun. I can see why Desk-kun likes Taichi so much as they say birds of a feather fly together and Desk-kun is fully buying into the I CAN’T outlook on life, or what pathetic excuse for a life he’s got going. I don’t see how Desk-kun can get a better game when he doesn’t respect it to begin with, still all they need from him is just a body so he can fanboy Taichi for the rest of his life, he won’t be doing much else anyways.
While Desk-kun was a necessary evil it is good to see that Kanade is actually able and willing to play karuta. I just hope that at some point Kana-chan can have her game with Chihaya-sama since it is very clear despite that so-called Taichi “victory” that of the group only Kanade can help improve Chihaya’s game. Sadly it was not to be since Tiachi jumped on a chance to finally win an easy game like has been doing all his pathetic life. Still I like Kana-cha’s enthusiasm when Desk-kun made his demands. Even better Kana-cha was the first to step up while it took Taichi a while to step up to play the game. Which makes me even more ticked off is that Kana-chan is not demanding a match with Chihaya, clearly Taichi doesn’t have the heart to win so why not let Kana-chan put up a fight, hell I am sure that any post game conversation with Kana-chan is better than a lifetime of advice for Taichi.
Chihaya once again leads the recruiting charge but sadly she decided to follow Taichi’s advice in trying to go after a “smart” student. I just wished Chihaya went with her gut and picked off a person who would you know show some interest in karuta. Can’t really blame her though for Desk-kun’s short comings, and it was great of her to play a meaningless gimmick game and lose to Taichi. I am glad that Chihaya took the loss bad she should be pissed I am GLAD she is pissed off. If you think Taichi just won his first game of karuta against Chihaya YOU ARE FUCKING IDIOT because NOBODY in the whole karuta League plays that kind of game. Yes, Chihaya has issues in her game, namely memorization and with this loss I think she can shore up that part of her game, but let’s be honest here she is never going to be playing that kind of game at any formal event so it hardly even counts when the game that was played was not karuta. It was just some lame side show to trick Desk-kun into thinking that a loser like him who has no speed, no confidence, no love of game or poetry can win at karuta. Sideshow though it was at least it tricked Desk-kun enough to make him think that he could win at something with no effort. Still a body is a body and that is one less that Chihaya needs, I just hope the next man up will prove to be a man of the game, but at least Chihaya has Kana-chan.
Last but no longer least, is Taichi who just made off like a bandit this week when he just found another goat to take his place at the bottom of the roster. It was a dick move but certainly one worth doing to an even bigger ass hat. I bet Taichi is pleased with himself right now with Desk-kun because there is at least some parallel between Desk-kun and Arata, given how both were outcasts. However unlike Arata, Desk-kun never did find his courage and instead of combating Taichi Desk-kun is already giving Taichi blow jobs behind the gym. It’s like Taichi finally gets his wish for what things could have been had Arata folded when they first met, Desk-kun is shorter and always falls short of Taichi. I got a good laugh at Taichi’s whole hard work speech, because for all his bluster it was still coming from a guy who is hardly working. Now that there is a new goat in the club to beat up on Tiachi can now point to his “victory” over Chihaya as he buys his championship belt. Too bad it was not in karuta and in some sideshow gimmick game. It doesn’t count because it wasn’t karuta, but hey Taichi nation can have their delusions of championships and a Taichi dynasty but fact remains the only way he can win is if Chihaya plays blind and if his opponents play blind.
Still I see no improvement in Taichi’s game and if his only good point is marginally better memory when the cards are flipped than that is a meaningless advantage since NO ONE PLAYS LIKE THAT. Still now Taichi has Desk-kun to beat up every day at the club. Still I hope Taichi is still alright with losing because he’s not going to win against Chihaya in a real game where speed, technique, layout, and will matter. It is a tragic that Chihaya has to play opposite Taichi who has no game and now desk-kun who also has no game, what a speedy development had Arata been there instead of Taichi and even better we would have been spared Desk-kun. Funny how this has turned out when Kana-chan proved to be a smarter player and closer to Chihaya Taichi was doing all he could to avoid Kana-chan joining the club, but when this loser Desk-kun who has no game, and hates Chihaya shows up Taichi does everything he can to get him. I see yet more punk in Taichi in taking losers who will not contribute to help make a better club so I guess Taichi is still set on sinking Chihaya’s dreams just so that he can nurse the idea that he has a shot at a relationship. Good thing Kana-chan will be there to balance out the FAIL that Taichi and Desk-kun bring. They are what they wear and they can both go on a date wearing that lame shirt that says “Things Make People”, Really man really? Can you BE MORE FUCKING SHALLOW?
Well one member down and while Chihaya could have done so much better than Desk-kun hopefully the last person up is going to be a real karuta player, hell maybe it will be that fat kid that gave Arata trouble three years ago. Right now Chihaya is the Champ, Kana-chan the role player, Taichi the off-goat, and Desk-kun is the goat, I really hope last man on deck will be the Tank.
Hana’s thoughts: on the ‘Desko-kun’ in all of us
I must say, Taichi is really growing on me. Yes, assuming Crusader hasn’t deleted this section after reading that bit, I’ll add that I enjoyed watching him help Chihaya in the first part of the episode, as well as Kana-chan’s adorable wide-eyed gaze as she plays ‘referee’. Leaving aside the fact that Kana-chan has still yet to play a single game herself, Taichi’s resolve to stick by Chihaya and help her become a better player is admirable, given the easier alternative of wallowing in the unrequited-ness of his feelings. Sure, he probably has ulterior motives in sticking by her so closely (and my inner fangirl was certainly KYAA-ing at just how close they were, when they leaned over the cards, etc.), but there was something very endearing about his early confession that he wasn’t interested in the competition, and this supportive side presented him in quite a positive and romantic light. However, Taichi does, of course, change his mind, after a certain match directed by a certain megane newbie. Yes, Desko-kun, the guy who seems literally attached to his desk. Well, until someone with a higher grade point average rips it away from him. Moving on. Desko-kun, and his turn at being wooed over to the Karuta side, was an interesting addition. Not as endearing as the other key cast members, but perhaps more relatable. Once bitten, infinitely shy; this nerdy type who’d rather hide behind his desk and his righteous indignation than attempt to find (better) friends or make more out of his high school time comes across as more deserving of our pity rather than raeg, to me. In particular, his terrified stubbornness at being torn away from the safety of his desk was quite something. ‘Desko-kun’ is both his persona (the cool façade from behind which he can safely ‘despise’ and distance himself from everyone else) and who he really is (his identity as a good student; if that’s all he does (study), then that might be all he really is underneath). Thus, it is fitting that it was Taichi who has more luck persuading Desko-kun to take a real interest in the club. They are academic rivals after all, and so I look forward to seeing both Taichi and Desko-kun benefit from their respectively rekindled and redirected competitive spirits. Fight-o, everybody!